Proceeds from registration fees paid by the 1,100 participants in this summer's third annual Cycle Across Maryland bicycle tour are helping distribute 1,000 free helmets to middle school students across the state.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer was scheduled to make the announcement this afternoon in Annapolis, while also declaring next week (Sept. 22-28) "Cycling Week in Maryland," with bicycle-related activities scheduled in almost all the state's counties.
Students from Quarterfield Elementary School were to be in Annapolis today as the first recipients of free helmets.
In its first two years, CAM Tour, sponsored since inception by the First National Bank, was a for-profit enterprise. But in 1991 it was restructured as a non-profit affair. The July 28-Aug. 3 tour took riders, each paying a $100 registration fee, around the Chesapeake Bay from Solomons Island through Annapolis, Essex/Rosedale, North East, Worton, Centreville and Easton.